7 minutes of reading time

Frauscher presents intelligent sensors at InnoTrans 2018

Share now!

Proven know-how meets fresh ideas: Frauscher’s new intelligent sensor model harnesses the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) – and other technologies. Thereby it becomes a smart device on track.

As such, the new sensor combines a range of innovations. Evaluation of the signal takes place within the unit on track. Additionally integrated sensors collect supplementary information, which allow the implementation of highly efficient railway applications. The digital output and a specifically developed bus system – which can be operated in a ring architecture – enable a significant reduction of cabling material. Thereby, Frauscher sets a benchmark in track vacancy detection once again.

Wayside sensors must become fit for the future

Hannes Kalteis (right) has been involved in the development of the new sensor from beginning on.

Hannes Kalteis, Frauscher Product Management, has been involved in the development of the new sensor from the beginning. From his point of view, it is the next logical step towards the future: “It has become part of our daily life: more and more objects start communicating via the Internet of Things. This ranges from Smart Watches to fridges ordering goods automatically. Ways become shorter whilst efficiency increases. Today’s railway industry is also more open to such ideas – this can be seen in various sectors. In many cases, the focus is on the flow of information towards passengers. But there are also a lot of new possibilities regarding infrastructure and traffic management. We just have to make use of them. Therefore, equipping existing products, such as inductive wheel sensors with new skills is for sure an important step to take.”

Data, data, data!

Big data analytics, deep learning, artificial intelligence: when talking about digitalisation, these are some of the first things that come to our mind. However, their ability to support new solutions is bound to a basic requirement: reliable data. They are the source for valuable information for traffic management, infrastructure monitoring, security applications and more. Inductive wheel sensors and axle counters are state of the art when it comes to reliable generation of such data. “This emphasizes the necessity of developing existing components further. In order to be able to keep up with the latest requirements, they have to keep up with the times”, Kalteis says.

Developing a new generation

No sooner said than done: Frauscher has analysed the capabilities of its existing sensors and faced them with new possibilities. In a holistic design-thinking-process a new model has been created which not only generates data where they arise – right on track. This new device also adopts the task of evaluation and provides its output via digital interfaces and modern networks in real time. Additionally integrated sensors add information on temperature and accelerations. Against the backdrop of proven know-how, all of this is happening with maximum reliability and precision – even under most adverse climatic, mechanical and electromagnetic conditions.

The requirements on the new generation of sensors have been defined by an interdisciplinary team.

More data, less effort

Star architectures require a separate cable for each sensor. Bus systems enable cabling to be configured in a ring. This significantly reduces the length of cable required.

Generating more data is not enough, as Hannes Kalteis knows: “Whilst railway operators have to deal with increasing requirements, they also have to be aware of maximum economic efficiency. Obviously, new sensors that create various information at once can support that. However, it is also possible to realise further savings – for example regarding cabling.” Connection of the new Frauscher sensors is realised via a specifically developed bus system. This can also be operated in a ring architecture. In contrast to a star shaped cabling – where each sensor is connected to the indoor equipment via one single cable – allowing for significant reductions of material and installation time required.

Experience the future

“At InnoTrans 2018 we do not only present a new sensor. It is an outlook on future concepts and solutions – and a transverse section of what is already possible today. This fits perfectly with our claim ‘Track more with less’”, Martin Rosenberger, CTO Frauscher Sensor Technology summarises.

Visit us at InnoTrans 2018 to learn more about the next generation of track vacancy detection. The Frauscher stand can be found in hall 25, stand 232. Arrange an appointment today to discuss the benefits of the new Frauscher sensor:

  • Digital output
  • Comprehensive networking capabilities
  • More information
  • Less components


We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Share now!
Similar Articles